Review :: A Little Hatred
Wonderful storytelling, as always. I was blown away by the dark humor and realistic, well-developed characters. Everyone's scared and no one's a hero unless by accident of course.
This book takes place after a couple of decades from the ending of the First Law Trilogy on the brink of an industrial revolution. Many of the old characters have gone back to mud but we get to glimpse some old ones. Can't say that I don't miss my favorite characters from the First Law Trilogy. The main characters are young fighters (of war or politics) of the next generation in a changing world. They have little to no combat experience, which sets a different atmosphere, compared to having mainly veterans. As a result, there's less action than usually in Joe Abercrombie's books but still plenty. The storytelling jumps from one character to the next and even some very minor characters get to have their say.
This novel is brilliant. What sets it apart is how truly realistic everything is, although it is not a surprise for anyone familiar with Abercrombie's other work. Events, thoughts, and relationships feel as though they could be real. The world is not softened or simplified as it often is in many books. The cold truths can be found from the pages of this novel. One would expect that from a fantasy book, even if the fantasy aspects are very subtle.
I strongly recommend reading the First Law Trilogy before starting this one. Otherwise, you won't understand many references. If you enjoyed reading any other books set in the World of the First Law, you'll like A Little Hatred too.
A Little Hatred
Introducing a cast of unforgettable new characters, A LITTLE HATRED is the start of a brand new trilogy set in the world of the First Law which will have you gripped from the very start...
War. Politics. Revolution.
The Age of Madness has arrived...
The chimneys of industry rise over Adua and the world seethes with new opportunities. But old scores run deep as ever.
On the blood-soaked borders of Angland, Leo dan Brock struggles to win fame on the battlefield, and defeat the marauding armies of Stour Nightfall. He hopes for help from the crown. But King Jezal's son, the feckless Prince Orso, is a man who specialises in disappointments.
Savine dan Glokta - socialite, investor, and daughter of the most feared man in the Union - plans to claw her way to the top of the slag-heap of society by any means necessary. But the slums boil over with a rage that all the money in the world cannot control.
The age of the machine dawns, but the age of magic refuses to die. With the help of the mad hillwoman Isern-i-Phail, Rikke struggles to control the blessing, or the curse, of the Long Eye. Glimpsing the future is one thing, but with the guiding hand of the First of the Magi still pulling the strings, changing it will be quite another...
Joe Abercrombie (born 1974) is a freelance film editor living in London. His family includes wife and daughter. He was nominated for the 2008 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.